There are thousands charms and nooks that are worth discovering in Northern Portugal.
Porto is one of the oldest cities in the country, a city of culture and leisure, a cosmopolitan and contemporary place. From the excellent facilities available to the wide range of hotels available in the region, Porto is the perfect destination for organizing your congress, conference or colloquium and making your business trip a success.
In a destination where tradition meets modernity and stands out for the perfect symbiosis between past and future, you can count on the recognized experience of Porto Convention & Visitors Bureau in supporting the organization of events, ensuring you the best offer so your congress, conference or colloquium excels.
As a Congresses’ destination, Porto has a wide accessible network whether you visit us by car, train or plane. The city has an international airport with 60 direct routes, just minutes from the city centre and suitable road and rail networks. All designed to respect your time!
Porto and North in figures
Our region’s figures speak for themselves
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Nr. of tourists in Porto and North
Michelin stars restaurants
Porto is one of the oldest cities in the country and, as such, its route is winding and picturesque. Strolling along its streets and feeling the pulse of the city is a unique experience.
Go on a tram trip to the mouth of the Douro River and see the excellent beaches and outdoors cafés/restaurants, visit churches and monuments, and be dazzled by the non-conformist modernism of the new contemporary buildings by architects like Siza Vieira, Souto de Moura or Rem Koolhaas.
The Douro was the first wine region in the world to be demarcated and regulated in 1756. Here is produced the famous Port Wine and it is possible to find two places declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO: the Upper Douro wine region and the Archaeological Centre of rock art in Vila Nova de Foz Côa.
It is essential to visit museums, wine producing estates and nature parks, try traditional and local gastronomy, experience unique events such as the grape harvest and lagaradas (foot-treading), go on a cruise on the river Douro, travel by train along the river bank, venture in the extreme activities that the wealth of the Douro has to offer.
The Minho Region is characterized by a natural landscape of enormous beauty and biodiversity combined with the contagious joy of festivities and folk festivals and the unparalleled hospitality of its people.
Viana do Castelo, Braga and Guimarães are must-visit cities in this region. Each of them has churches and monuments of unparalleled beauty, old manor houses and pousadas, festivities, folk festivals, privileged Vinhos Verdes, an extremely rich gastronomy and a folk culture, along with music, folklore, crafts and stories to tell.
The famous route of the pilgrims who flock to Santiago de Compostela, the Portuguese Way of St. James, passes through Minho.
Trás-os-Montes is the region of majestic plateaus and mountains, historic villages and towns, purifying and healing thermal waters, traditional cuisine and genuine hospitality of a people very proud of their customs.
Beautiful cities like Chaves, Bragança, Miranda do Douro and places like Vidago, Montalegre or Macedo de Cavaleiros are worth a long visit. This region offers unique sceneries, such as the almond trees in full bloom, historic villages, natural landscapes and a rich gastronomy. In addition, it is worth visiting the Montesinho Nature Park with a huge diversity of flora and fauna, where species such as the Iberian wolf, deer, fox and boar are protected.